Hier wohnte Karl Baum (here lived Karl Baum)

Karl Baum, the butcher, has one of the 60,000 Stumbling Stones placed in 22 countries.

this picture shows a sector of the Michelsburg Memorial with names of the victims
the Michelsberg Memorial wall in Wiesbaden containing 1507 Jewish names

Karl Baum, his wife Toni, daughter Gerti and brother Leo lived at Mauergasse-8, Wiesbaden, Germany in the 1930’s.

Karl was the second oldest of six children.  He was a butcher and originally the family lived in the apartment above his shop in Schulgasse-2.  Business was good until 1934 when the Sturmabteilung (Nazi Paramilitary) prohibited the Jewish butchers from using the town’s slaughterhouse effectively putting him out of business.  The shop was sold and Karl and Toni opened a small eating table from their Mauergasse-rented apartment for ‘people no longer able to enter other food establishments’.

Karl declared in 1940 that the family had no assets.  It was in 1942 that Karl and Toni were deported to Lublin and later to Sobibor where they were killed.  Gerti had immigrated to America in 1940, aged 26.

this picture shows the three brass stumbling stones for Karl,Toni and Leo Baum at Mauergasse 8.
Stolpersteine (Stumbling stones) at Wiesbaden to remember Karl, Toni and Leo.
Here lived Karl Baum, born 1884, deported 1942 to Lublin, murdered in Sobibor
Here lived Leo Baum, born 1893, from 1934 at ‘Heilanstalt’ Eichberg, murdered 1941 at ‘Heilanstalt’ Hadamar
Here lived Toni Baum, nee Bierig, born 1886, deported 1942 to Lublin, murdered in Sobibor

Leo was the youngest brother of Karl.  He lived with Karl and his family but due to mental illness, admittance to a Sanatorium occurred in 1934.  In 1941, Leo became part of the ‘T4’ program and mentally ill patients were considered unworthy of living.  Leo was taken away and gassed.  The family received a death notice stating he had died in hospital, the true nature of Leo’s death was not revealed.

Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones) is the idea of Berlin-born artist, Gunter Demnig. Brass plates for victims of Nazi persecution are incorporated into the cobblestones where that person last freely lived. At the end of 2016, 60,000 Stolpersteine have been laid.

Karl had one older sister, Martha, who moved to America as did another brother, Albert.

Of Karl’s remaining brothers, Moritz, also a butcher, committed suicide in 1935 possibly due to the failure of his business the year before.  Moritz left behind a wife (Betty) and three children (Trude, Lore and Josef) who were deported in 1942 and killed thereafter.
Julius was taken to Buchenwald concentration camp on Kristalnacht.  He escaped from the camp to England but was considered an enemy alien and spent War World 2 in a prisoner of war camp in Australia.  After the war, he returned to Wiesbaden.

Kristalnacht (night of broken glass) occurred on the night of 9/10 November 1938. It was government-organised night of riots against the Jews throughout Germany. Synagogues were burned, windows smashed and merchandise destroyed in the Jewish-owned shops. Many Jewish men (of working age) were taken to the concentration camps


Stumbling Stones


Gunter Demnig

Baum genealogy


Reading again and a serendipitous gift (the best kind)

Copies of Joey and the Jet boat are travelling with me just in case I find the right person for them.  I was thinking a young child rather than the Swiss primary school teacher who shared her collection of German children’s books with me and I was able to add Joey and the Jet boat to her collection of English children’s books.  That is the kind of gift-giving I like: a children’s book lover who was familiar with the Queenstown setting of the book. Continue reading “Reading again and a serendipitous gift (the best kind)”

Get out of the warm bath, it’s starting to cool

It is so easy to fall back into the groove and forget your priorities – exploring people and places … and take photographs

A 10-week house-sit brought me back to Auckland in January.  Auckland is my hometown and I settled quickly – I knew the people and I knew the places.  I was so comfortable that I forgot to ‘explore’.  I became afraid this comfortable “warm bath” feeling may become the norm and I would really “settle”. Continue reading “Get out of the warm bath, it’s starting to cool”

Moushka, a sweet Sydney Silkie

A small terrier with a large family who will miss her

Unfortunately, I have another dog to farewell. Moushka was my first official pet sit in 2015. I also sat with her on my 22nd and 33rd pet sit.

The housesitting ad said, “To care for one small elderly dog”. Moushka was 15 years old Continue reading “Moushka, a sweet Sydney Silkie”

Stella, the innocent, mischievous Lagotto Romagnolo, sadly missed

My condolences go to Christine, Tim and Stella’s other companions – Joey, Coco, Magic, Gibbston and Clyde. She will be sadly missed.

She eyed me warily as I entered her house.  It was the eyes I first noticed about Stella, they contained a hint of fear.

But as she saw me accepted by her other family members they changed to an intelligent mischievous look. Continue reading “Stella, the innocent, mischievous Lagotto Romagnolo, sadly missed”

Stage 2 de-clutter – the patchwork goes

I am ready for more de-cluttering. I can let go of my fabric and colours

It is time.  I am ready.  I now know that I do not need all that fabric – truly.  Yes, it is beautiful but it has been superfluous for many years now and someone else can add it to their collection or perhaps they may even cut it into little bits and sew them back together again. Continue reading “Stage 2 de-clutter – the patchwork goes”